All of the student teams attending this summer's HPC Advisory Council's International Supercomputing Conference (HPCAC-ISC) have the same goal in mind: win the student cluster competition. But the new team from South Africa may feel some added pressure when they arrive in Frankfurt this July. They hope to become the third consecutive champions from their country.

Team "Wits-A" from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg won the right to defend South Africa's title at ISC '15 during the South African Center for High Performance Computing's (CHPC) Ninth National Meeting held in December at Kruger National Park. The  students bested 7 other teams from around South Africa.

As part of their victory, the South Africans recently traveled to the United States. On their itinerary was a tour of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) where they had the opportunity to see the Visualization Laboratory (Vislab) and Stampede Supercomputer, while gaining insights about how to best compete at the ISC '15 Student Cluster Challenge in July. Also on the itinerary was a Texas tradition - sampling some  down home BBQ!

Hoping for that three-peat win are Ari Croock, James Allingham, Sasha Naidoo, Robert Clucas, Paul Osel Sekyere, and Jenalea Miller, with reserve team members are comprised of Vyacheslav Schevchenko and Nabeel Rajab.

You can learn more about Team South Africa here.